South America, Bolivia, Huayna Cunocollo, Cerro San Luis and Anco Collo, Quimsa Cruz
Huayna Cunocollo, Cerro San Luis and Anco Collo, Quimsa Cruz. From June 10 to 12, Thomas Miyagawa, Randall Barnes and I climbed several peaks around the Monte Blanco Mine, which at 4800 meters we used as Base Camp. We first crossed into the Huallatani basin and climbed the south face of Huayna Cunocollo (5640 meters, 18,504 feet) and descended the west ridge to the head of the Huallatani Glacier. The following day, we ascended the southwest face of Cerro San Luis (5620 meters, 18,439 feet), which involved a small amount of very enjoyable mixed climbing. On the final day, June 12, we climbed the south face of Anco Collo (5460 meters, 17,914 feet) and descended the very thin and rocky north ridge. While the Bolivian glaciers have not recovered any ground this year, they are at least in better condition than in 1992, having received a fair amount of snow during the past rainy season.